The World's Best Adults-Only, All-Inclusive Hotels
If Speedos, bikinis and bare backsides make you blush, a few of these specialty resorts might not be for you. But if you really want to enjoy yourself, leave your inhibitions at home and go with the flow. Letting your guard down is simple while surrounded by luxury accommodations, with no kids in sight and romantic adventures around every corner. Many of us often consider Mexico and the Caribbean for all-inclusive resort stays, but we found plenty of options throughout Europe and the United States, as well. All of these seductive spots offer inclusive packages, with the best rates often available through their own websites.
The Pavilions Phuket, Thailand
Facing the Andaman Sea, The Pavilions Phuket location boasts luxurious villas with private infinity pools, all set on a secluded hilltop in tropical, adults-only paradise. When not lounging by the pool or enjoying your intimately appointed room, there’s plenty to do. Spa, yoga and the fitness center are active options. Sumptuous dining goes with the purely hedonistic experience. To that end, the Pavilions’ Plantation Club fine-dining restaurant offers modern international fare with panoramic Andaman Sea views.
Meanwhile, finely-crafted, cooling cocktails await at the 360 Degree Bar, set in a secluded, shaded bamboo grove. More unique drinks are mixed at the casual Firefly Pool & Restaurant, served poolside along with an authentic Thai menu, wood-fired dishes and bright Mediterranean flavors. Off-site excursions include island hopping, an elephant sanctuary visit, rounds of world-class golf and private yacht charters easily booked through the resort’s online system. It feels worlds away, but this sanctuary is only 20 minutes from the airport, Patong beaches and the town of Phuket.
Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Mexico
When the marketing material on Live Aqua Boutique Resort’s website urges visitors to “ … let the aromas seduce you ... Savor delicious moments … ,” you know they’re only partially referring to the cuisine. Strictly all inclusive, the chic property provides a brilliant sensory experience with vivid interior color schemes and eye-popping art. Situated on the Riviera Maya, the resort is a center of activity on Playa del Carmen’s trendy Fifth Avenue. Catering specifically to the adult set looking for private time, the resort’s Feel Sense Spa is an intimate space with two distinct cabins, one for couples and one for individuals. The renewal ritual starts with relaxing mood music in the sauna and steam areas, segueing to signature spa treatments, further melting away stress. As for more active pursuits, the resort’s all-inclusive rate includes access to two private beach clubs, Mamitas Beach Club and Kool Beach Club, including credit for food, beverages, cot and beach umbrella.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
At Post Ranch Inn, naturalistic architecture blends buildings into their pristine environs perched above California’s beautifully rugged coast. Find your soul and soulmate sanctuary with ocean or mountain views, choosing from the inn’s 39 rustic-elegant rooms. Satiate one type of appetite at the resort’s “Wine Spectator Magazine” Grand Award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, where you’ll enjoy the daily, complimentary breakfast buffet and a changing daily menu. Soak in rays next to sparkling blue pools while taking in dramatic Pacific Ocean views, or enjoy an in-room yoga or massage session. Nature exploration and hiking trails are right outside the door, and everything from guided hikes to stargazing, whale watching and spa treatments are included. Carmel and Monterey are just a short drive, providing more epic Pacific Coast scenery along the way, and additional world-class dining and shopping upon arrival.
Adam & Eve Hotel, Belek, Turkey
Exuding designer-cool luxury and renowned for its incredible spa amenities and beachfront locale, Adam & Eve Hotel Belek favors futuristic decor, mostly in an arresting red and white contrast of geometric shapes and patterns. Tucked along the beach, this adult activity arena offers both hotel rooms and self-contained villas. Both types of bookings are inclusive, with access to amenities staggering in their sheer scale. Check out the world’s largest lounge, the Atrium, where you can sip cocktails at the world’s longest bar. When you’re ready for a dip, head to the world’s longest pool, described as two Olympic-sized pools in length. Also outsized are the hotel’s “design rooms,” massive suites of 210 square feet, with their own in-room spas. A designated Belek Golf Area property, Adam & Eve is less than 10 kilometers, or six miles, from nearby Cornelia Golf Club.
Falkensteiner Balance Resort, Stegersbach, Austria
For holistic health, wellness and nutrition in the lap of luxury, unwind at Austria’s Falkensteiner Balance Resort. The 5-star hotel in the heart of Burgenland emanates elegant, modern flair with a sophisticated, reserved-sexy atmosphere for adult playtime. Amenities abound, including the Living Lounge, complete with a day bar and a well-stocked library. The SPA Bistro with a display kitchen provides access to the inviting garden terrace. An extensive fitness center includes yoga and workout rooms. The Acquapura SPA features two large infinity pools, a variety of saunas, a silent room, a relaxation area and an expansive and idyllic spa garden to complete the zen feel. Finally, as if the spa weren’t enough, the resort has close, direct access to the public thermal baths of Stegersbach, so sauntering over for a soak wearing just a robe isn’t just accepted, it’s expected.
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